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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:31:41 PM »

One thing good about having the Zen studio at the desk is easy and fast access to the volume knob.
I think it is important to have fast access if you get very loud volumes in your DAW by misstake for instance..

I have a Presonus central station for that in the studio. Live I use a mixer so it wouldn't be a big sales point for me.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:39:16 AM »
Not rack mountable would be a deal breaker for me as well.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: blofeld, nord lead 3
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:42:36 PM »
I'd keep both and forget the weighted keyboard bed, but that's just me. I've never been a fan of them on synths anyway. I think the closer a synth gets to a piano like action the less someone tends to think of it as a synth but what do I know.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:24:14 PM »
I just heard that TC is going to port most of the powercore plugins to the UAD2 system. So, it looks like the powercore will have an afterlife.  :D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Schmidt Synthesizer
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:22:41 PM »
@ $30k its beyond most but I recall the New England Digital Synclaviar was about $50,000 in 1984 depending on the model.

That was the cost of an entry system, a full blown Synclaiver could cost you up to $500,000, I think Frank Zappa had the largest system made. BTW I might be getting my hands on one soon.

I saw the Schmidt at the NAMM show a couple years ago, its nice but the cost is high because they are hand built one at a time. I think the price went down a bit to around $20k or so. Maybe we can group order a few and get a few $k more knocked off the price.  ;D

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:40:11 PM »
...Yeah it's good, but the best show on TV right now? Maybe, not a lot of competition right now.

Actually, I'd argue we're in a historically noteworthy era of high-quality television. The cable networks, particularly HBO and Showtime but also AMC and others, have enabled and even encouraged intelligent, serious (or funny) and above all challenging storytelling.

Well I would say its a mixed bag right now. Yes their are a lot of great series on some of the cable networks, but their is also a lot of reality tv, more than ever I would say. Most of which is not very good or just copycats of other reality tv shows that have done well. How many shows about flipping houses, flipping cars, pawn stores, or storage units does one need?

On HBO alone, there's True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones (not to mention Californication, Girls and others).

Those are all great shows, but they not all on at the same time, which is what I was referring too when I said not a lot of competition. If they were all  on right now I would agree but stuff like Boardwalk Empire was done for the season before True Detective started, and Game of Thrones won't start up again for this season for another month. So most of those shows mentioned are not really competing with True Detective.

All that aside, what did everyone think of the ending? I won't say anything directly as to give it away to those who are still catching up, but I thought the ending was not quite as good as the rest of the series. I think if they had made the ending two hours and fleshed it out a bit more it could have been better.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:37:43 PM »
I just started watching it this week, finished up episode 6 last night. Yeah it's good, but the best show on TV right now? Maybe, not a lot of competition right now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 02, 2014, 09:38:38 PM »
I'm still running 10.6.8 because I still use my powercore a lot and for a few other plug ins as well that were never ported. Having said that I understand that it does work with 10.7, it might even work beyond that. You should check out the official powercore forum to make sure. Believe it or not TC is still developing drivers, mostly to fix old bugs. You can see it here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:18:10 PM »
Behringer is a shit, sorry, I hate that shitty company, please don't recommend me their crap, because I had bad experiences with them in the past.

Normally I would agree with you, I for the most part hate Behringer and think most of their product is crap. But the X32 is pretty good for what it is. We have one here at work for use in our theater and its been going strong for over a year now. Does a great job and sounds good. We are probably going to get a second one for recording. Having said that I would probably not get one for a synth studio. I don't think it has any line level inputs, like what a synth puts out.  It's really a live board, we will use it in our recording studio for recording concerts and recitals because we can easily connect the two together even though they will be in different parts of the building. And from what I have read it was designed by Midas, Behringer took it and dumbed down the specs of it so they could make a cheaper version. It looks like the M32 is basically the same board but with higher quality components.


The the brittle distortion comes only from one speaker the left.

I couldn't tell if the brittle distortion was the speaker or part of the sound of the music.  :D  Next time you might want to use something more obvious like a piano or strings. To me it sounds like the tweeter is going in and out, like it works sometimes but not always. A faulty crossover could be the problem, could be just a bad solider joint or a loose cable inside the speaker. You might want to listen at a lower volume, put your ear close to the tweeter and see if the tweeter is working or not.

Sounds like a bad cable. I'd replace the cables running to the speaker first and see if that helps. Sometimes connectors go bad and sound like that. If that doesn't do it than it's probably internal, maybe your crossover is going out. Good luck, I hate it when gear dies, my Hafler amp in my studio died last month so I know the pain.

I just found out from Barry (A Produce's) wife, that his long time friend and collaborator Ruben Garcia is gone. The title of this subject is the title of one of Ruben's album that A Produce put out a few years ago, and I have to say its sadly too fitting as from what I understand he died almost a year ago. I haven't seen any info to support this but this information came indirectly from Harold Budd. I didn't know Ruben very well, I only talked with him on the phone a few times. I had the pleasure to master a few of his later albums. My favorite being Through The Looking Glass the very last release on A Produce's Transport label. I'll be listening to some of his work today.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:07:41 PM »

Synths to complement existing ones:


Waldorf Q
Waldorf XT
Personally I would hesitate to get either of these today. Those encoders are hard to replace and are starting to fail at this point in time. My personal favorite wavetable/wavesequencing synth is the Korg Wavestation, and they are really cheap right now. Get an EX or AD version.


Moog Sub 37
Oberheim Xpander

Weird combo for ambient. I haven't heard the Sub 37 yet but I wasn't that impressed with the Sub Phatty which was what it is based on. Xpander is a classic but again make sure the encoders are all working well and that the displays are functioning, they don't make those displays anymore. And skip the Japanese version, when I worked at Oberheim we had lots of trouble with them.


Yamaha 01v96i digital mixer/audio interface/daw control

Yamaha has made some nice digital boards, this is one of their low end ones and is getting a bit long in the tooth. It will work but their are better options out there that do the same thing. Take a look at the presonus studio/live boards.


Neumann KH 120

Neumann doesn't make monitors, those are Klein + Hummel monitors re-branded when Sennheiser bought them out. On the positive side they are still highly regarded monitors. I've never used them but they get very good reviews.


Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 32 Ohm

Their was another thread here recently about headphones, you might want to take a look at that one to see what others have said.


Eventide Eclipse or Valhalla Plugins

Lots of choices here, I don't have any Eventide stuff but I do like them. Valhalla a lot of people love but I've never used them. I already have tons of hardware reverb choices. Yeah I know, not much help here.

Studio Microphone:

Shure SM57

Is this your only microphone? And what do you plan to record with it? The SM57 has two things going for it, it's cheap and its built like a tank. They sound ok, not great. I would not get this as my one studio mic. If I had to use it in the studio recording you could get away using it on a snare drum or maybe a nasty Fender Twinreverb amp. The only other thing I would use it for is a live concert setting on something not critically important. If you want a cheap mic for the studio that sounds decent I'd go with a Rhode NT2 or something similar. If you have the money an AKG 414 is a pretty good all around mic with multiple patterns.

Field Recording:

Roland R-26

Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3

We have one of those Roland recorders at work and the internal mics in that thing suck. And the Sennheiser, do you really need  a super-cardioid mic for something specific? If you are interested in doing field recording I wouldn't get this, the field is too narrow in my opinion.


Cubase AI (free license with yamaha 01v96i) or Protools

Free Cubase, well you get what you pay for.  ;D And I don't like Protools, I'm more of a Logic fan, but you have to be mac based then.

There, is that helpful?  :D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iPad Daw Control
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:58:13 PM »
Sounds like an interesting app there Julio. I'll have to check it out if I ever get an iPad.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:35:56 PM »

I have these 3 candidates:$File/neumann_kh120_front_rgb_3.jpg
You really need to sit down with your favorite music and listen to them, to see which pair works the best for you. Even better would be to try them out in your work space if you can.

I've been recommended in another forum a very good reverb unit, Eventide Eclipse, but reading the specs seems it doesn't process a lot of inputs at once with different presets...
That's what the aux sends on a mixer are for, you can send audio from each channel/instrument to an effect via the aux send, then send the output of the effect back into the mixer and mix everything together. The more aux sends your mixer has the more effects you can use.

So I think I will investigate first daw reverb plugins.

I've used reaper, it's very intuitive, but I think I will use cubase or protools in the end.
You can use your DAW as a mixer provided it has enough inputs and outputs, that's how I work these days. I use logic and all my synths and effects are connected to my computer directly via my audio interface.

But all of this stuff is really secondary to what you really need, inspiration. The tools won't be any good unless you have something to say.

I was very fond of the TC Electronics VSS3 Reverb I had on a Powercore card in a now deceased G5.....always had my eye on TC 4000 as this has that algorithm and the VSS4 plus more in it.

This was my concern with the Fireworx that it might be limited regarding each patch though I have found limits are often a good it tricky to patch the firefox with the relatively small screen?

No its pretty easy to work with but I hardly ever use the reverb, its not up to par with the bigger verbs like the VSS3/4.

The Stargate sounds very good and it in production today?

Nope, long gone. Ursa Major got bought out by AKG in the mid 80s. Stargates are pretty rare these days, I lucked into mine.


Never heard of the Stargate before - what's it like?

Nice old reverb/delay from the mid 1980s. Ursa Major made one of the first digital reverbs called the space station, the stargate was its successor. Here's a demo of the 626 which is the same unit but with double the memory of my 323:

This is what I currently have in my studio effect wise:

Lexicon 300
Lexicon MPX1
Roland SBF325 flanger
Sony D7
Sony R7
TC Electronics Reverb 4000
TC Electronics Fireworx
Ursa Major Stargate 323

I also use a lot of plugins, mostly stuff from the UAD and Powercore cards along with a few native things. First choice for verbs for me is always the hardware I have.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Constance Demby
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:42:36 AM »
Coming from New Zealand, a country where ambient music is basically unheard may be one of the reasons

I'd recommend a fellow countrymen of yours, David Parsons. He's made some excellent stuff over the years. One of my all time favorites.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 07, 2014, 06:54:24 PM »
wow :)

Looks like the old Helios mixer from 10cc's Strawberry Studios. I'm not sure what happened to that mixer, did you purchase it Immersion?  ;) I thought this thread was about personal studios that we have and not general gear porn.  ;D Here's another picture of it back in the day:

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